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Johnson Bores as Prince Soars at Coachella


04/27/2008
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(antiMusic) The Verve and Serj apparently upstaged Jack Johnson's headlining set at Coachella on Friday night. At least that was Billboard's take. But Saturday night's set from Prince has been hailed as explosive by critics in attendance.

Billboard had this to say about Friday's performances, "Mellow singer/songwriter Jack Johnson brought the first day of the annual Coachella music festival in southern California to an underwhelming end. His performance at Indio's Empire Polo Field on Friday was evidently not compulsory viewing for all of the approximately 60,000 or so attendees. Prior to Johnson, reunited UK rock outfit the Verve commanded the main stage... Serj Tankian's politically fueled appearance at the Outdoor Theatre sent a jolt into the late evening audience." read their full review

While Johnson's mellow style may have underwhelmed on Friday night, Prince apparently painted the desert purple with an explosive set of his hits, some unexpected covers and collaborations. Aside from his standard set of hits, Prince was joined on stage by Morris Day for a performance of "Jungle Love" and then Sheila E jumped on stage for "Glamorous Life". But the real treat for some was to hear Prince perform two classics by other bands when he launched into Radiohead's "Creep" and then The Beatles' "Come Together".

Roger Waters is set to headline on Sunday night before this article was posted. Read Billboards report on Sat night - here

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